Detroit Pistons Need Off-Season Therapy

Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

As if their record was not awful enough, the Detroit Pistons 2010-2011 season was filled with more drama than a Real World episode.  Led by Richard Hamilton, several players  staged a walkout on first year head coach John Kuester.  Now, the Joe Dumars and the Pistons enter a critical off-season without a whole lot of cap flexibility.

By: David Kay

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Detroit Pistons Facing an All Out Mutiny

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Wisconsin isn’t the only Upper Midwest state seeing an uprising right now. They’re fighting the power in Michigan too. Except here the venue for rebellion is the NBA and the stakes are much lower.

The Detroit Pistons right now are a shell of what they were last decade. They have terrible bloated contracts like Ben Gordon’s all over the books, and things are getting so bad that an insurrection against the coach is going down.

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Meet your new Pistons head coach Avery … er … John Kuester!

"Um, excuse me. Can I be your next head coach? Yes? Great"

"Um, excuse me. Can I be your next head coach? Yes? Great"

By H. Jose Bosch

So I guess buying the Army fatigues in anticipation of joining the “Little General’s” ranks was a bit premature. That sucks because I thought the camouflage was rather slimming.

So not long after talks with Avery Johnson fell through, it looks like the Pistons finally have their man in Cavs assistant John Kuester.

Not being completely familiar with the assistant coaching ranks of the NBA, I went to the best source of information on anybody in the world — Wikipedia. This is all I got:

-“In both his junior and senior year (1979 and 1980), Kuester was voted UNC’s best defensive player. Also in his senior year, as was voted Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament and the NCAA East Regionals.” (Not too bad)

-“From 1985 to 1990 he was the head coach at George Washington University. His 1988-1989 Colonials team compiled a 1-27 record, one of the worst ever in NCAA history.” (Ouch)

-“Via ESPN.com, close sources say Kuester is to be named head coach of the Detroit Pistons, to be formally announced July 8, 2009.” (Hey, that’s what I’m talking about!)

So yeah, not too many career highlights.

For what it’s worth Kuester was an assistant for seven years under mercenary NBA coach Larry Brown and one of those years was 2004 with the Pistons and we all know what happened then. It’s good karma!

This isn’t the kind of hire that rips attention away from all the free agency signings that will be officially announced in the coming days. At the same time I can’t say it’s a terrible hire.

Kuester has experience in an NBA locker room (he played some pro ball and he’s been an assistant since 1990) and he doesn’t have the ego or I’m-burning-myself-out intensity that made Johnson and Doug Collins risky choices.

The biggest problem may be that Kuester is too nice according to Mike Rosenberg. But as the same column pointed out, Kuester did earn the respect of Pistons players in 2004 because he was the only assistant who stood up to Brown. So he may be a good guy but he has a spine.

I personally would’ve preferred Johnson. He’s fiery, he’s won as an NBA coach, and he has a funny sounding voice, which would’ve been gold for this site.

But the Kuester hiring won’t be a disaster.

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